We Want You(th)!

Andrea, FORCE Youth in Residence on July 21, 2015

As a FORCE Youth in Residence, my position is as a youth peer support worker. That means that I get to engage with many youth from all different walks of life who are struggling with their mental health. It’s such an incredibly rewarding position and I consider myself so fortunate to look forward to going into work every morning.

Another aspect of my job is engaging in project work that supports and empowers youth to participate in promoting mental health in their schools and communities; a big part of that is my work with the Kelty Youth Ambassador Program. Kelty Youth Ambassadors represent the mandate of the Kelty Centre around promoting mental health and wellness for children, youth and families across B.C.

June 2015 marked the end of my first year working at the Kelty Centre. Along with getting to know the ropes around resources and peer support, it was also my first time working with a group of youth who wanted to engage in mental health promotion as Youth Ambassadors. I can definitely say there was a learning curve and, being that the program was only in its third year of operation, it was a chance to see what worked and what didn’t. What interested me was seeing what engaged youth and empowered them, and what were ways to put their mental health advocacy in their hands while also ensuring they felt fully supported by the Kelty Centre.

I’m so incredibly stoked to be announcing the opening of applications for the 2015-2016 Kelty Youth Ambassador Program because with everything we learned with working with the KYA’s this year, there’s going to be many exciting changes to the program. If you’re a youth or know a youth who’s interested in participating in the KYA program, encourage them to check out the application and to submit theirs if they feel like it would be a good fit.

To me, my hopes for the KYA program for the future are encapsulated in this one quote by Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”


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